GB runner Jo Pavey worries reduction in doping tests will have a negative affect on Tokyo 2020

Jo Pavey (right) has shared her concern ahead of the Tokyo Games which are still due to begin on July 24 (PA Images)
Jo Pavey (right) has shared her concern ahead of the Tokyo Games which are still due to begin on July 24 (PA Images)
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Long-distance runner Jo Pavey says the reduction in doping tests on athletes ahead of Tokyo 2020 will have a negative affect on the Games.

UK Anti-Doping officials recently announced that there will be a 'significant reduction' in their testing programme. 

And it is confirmed that doping control officers will wear protective equipment and have to remain six feet away from athletes at all times due to coronavirus.

But Pavey is concerned about the impact it will have on the Games if they go ahead this summer.

The Brit told SunSport: "If the Olympics go ahead, then it appears anti-doping can’t have been as stringent as it needs to be.

"Not only are we risking people’s health and lives with the virus but also anti-doping will be an issue.

"Going into people’s houses for tests is unsafe when they’ve all been told to isolate, which will happen soon.

"And, of course, the main priority is the health and safety and welfare of athletes.

"I have always campaigned for anti-doping procedures in place. On this occasion, health and welfare becomes before sport.

"It's impossible to think how the Games can go ahead. So many athletes want to know where they stand. It's concerning."

UKAD chief Nicole Sapstead said: "As an organisation our responsibility remains to protect clean sport.

"But we must give precedence to health and welfare and act responsibly, in line with government advice, during this unprecedented time."

World Athletics chief Seb Coe has remained optimistic about the Games going ahead and believes 'anything is possible'.

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